Faculty & Staff Directory

Paul F. Balser

Director of Enrollment Management

New York University, M.B.A. International Finance
New York University, B.A. Classic Literature

Amy Basham

Third and Fourth Grade Science and Math Instructor

University of South Florida, M.Ed. Science Curriculum and Instruction
University of South Florida Honors College, B.A. Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (Biology/Genetics)

Penny Benson

Business Office Assistant

Mariana Bernardino

Upper Division Administrative Assistant

Mariangela Blount

Upper Division Spanish Instructor

American Public University System, M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Antonio Jose de Sucre, Venezuela - B.A. Business Administration, Marketing

Mark Braxton

Fifth and Sixth Grade Mathematics

University of South Florida, B.A. Mathematics

Lauren Braxton

Kindergarten Instructor

Saint Leo University; B.A. Education

Makenzie Brinker

Athletic Trainer

University of Southern Indiana, B.S. Exercise Science
Franklin College, M.S. Athletic Training

Shawn Brown

Middle Division and Upper Division Physical Education, Head Football Coach, Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach

Saint Leo University, M.A. Business Administration
Southeastern University, B.S. Business & Professional Leadership

Dr. Sarah Browning

Upper Division Mathematics Instructor; Mathematics Department Chair; Summer School Director

University of Toronto, Ph.D.
University of Florida, M.A.
University of Florida, B.S.

Marian Burmeff

Middle Division Extended Care

Dorie Burnham

Business Manager

University of South Florida, B.S. Accounting

Steven Burnley

Technology and Computer Science Instructor; S.T.E.M. Club Sponsor; JrFLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC Robotics Coach

University of South Florida, M.S. Management Information Systems
University of South Florida, B.A. Management Information Systems

Mona Chiles

Speech Language Pathologist; Middle and Upper Division E.S.O.L.

University of Central Florida, M.A. Communication Disorders
University of South Florida, B.A. Speech and Hearing Science

Dr. Gary Compton

Fine Arts Chair; Band Director

University of South Florida, Ph.D. Music Education
University of Denver, M. Music
Memorial University, Newfoundland, B.A. Music/B. Music Education

Kevin Crowley

Middle & Upper Division Video Production Instructor; Varsity Golf Coach

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Cori Dobrzanski

Lower Division Reading and Language Instructor

University of South Florida, M.S. Speech-Language Pathology

Bri Dold

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

International Academy of Design and Technology, B.F.A. Graphic Design

Dr. Kirk Downing

Upper Division Science Instructor, Coach

University of Arizona, Pharm.D. Pharmacy

Marisol Estrella

Middle Division Spanish Instructor

Inter-American University, M.S. Psychology
University of Sacred Heart, B.A. Clinical Psychology

Elisabeth Fowler

First Grade Instructor

University of South Florida, M.A. Varying Exceptionalities
University of Hartford, B.S. Early Childhood & Special Education

Niyama Fulkroad

Middle and Upper Division Counselor

Argosy University; M.A. School Counseling
Lenior-Rhyne College; B.A. English Literature

Sarah Gates

Middle & Upper Division Art Instructor

University of Florida, M.Ed. English Education
University of Florida, B.A. English

Jay Gibson

Director Library Services

Hillsdale College, BA History
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MLIS Library Information Sciences

Twila Gonzalez

Lower Division Administrative Assistant

Shelley Grossbard

Lower Division Art Instructor

The Cooper Union, B.F.A.

Matt Grossenbach ’10

Admissions and Development Associate; Associate Head Coach Boys Basketball

University of Florida; B.A. English

Angelica Guaraglia

Senior Kindergarten Assistant

Westchester College, A.A.S. Early Childhood Education
Polytechnic Gran Colombian, M.S. Accounting

Sue Gunther

Admissions Liason

Paul Hagenau

Upper Division & A.P. History Instructor; College Counseling

University of Louisville, J.D.
Brown University, M.A. Linguistics
Brown University, B.A. Latin & Linguistics

Kaatje Harrison

Third Grade Instructor

Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Finance
Drexel university, M.S. Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
University of Alabama

Cheyenne Hart

Marketing and Development Assistant

University of Tampa, B.A. Advertising and Public Relations

Tom Haslam

Athletic Director; Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

National-Louis University, Masters in Curriculum & Instruction
Auburn University, B.S. Physical Education

Mark Heller

Head of School; Music Instructor

Boston University, J.D.
Yale University, B.A. American Studies

Teacher Feature: Mr. Mark Heller

Kathy Heller

Interim Lower Division Director

University of South Florida, B.S. Elementary Education

Steph Huff

Fourth Grade Instructor

University of Scranton, M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
Arizona State University, B.S. Elementary Education, ELL, Spanish Specialization

Courtney Hunt

Junior Kindergarten Instructor

University of South Florida, B.S. Elementary Education

Heidi Ivester

Senior Kindergarten Instructor

Florida State University, B.S. Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Sarah Ivie

Dean of Student Services, MD Mathematics

Florida State University, B.S. Secondary Mathematics

Raini Jewell

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Lower Division

Brown University, B.A. Psychology
Bank Street College of Education, Ms ED. Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Wren Johnson

2nd Grade Reading and Writing Instructor

St. Leo College, B.A.
University of South Florida, M.S.

Jennifer Jorski

First Grade Instructor

University of South Florida, B.S. Elementary Education

Rachel Klaeren

Upper Division Science Instructor

Agnes Scott College, B.A. Physics & Mathematics

Aleida Lemes

Lower Division Performing Arts Instructor

Troy University, B.A. Music Education

Vanessa Lopez

PreK3 Instructor

East Carolina University, B.S. Early Childhood Development, Birth-Kindergarten

Elizabeth Magnusson

Fifth & Sixth Grade Science Instructor

University of South Florida, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
University of South Florida, B.A. Elementary Education

Sheri Mahoney

Upper Division Science Instructor

University of New Mexico, M.A Counseling
University of Tennessee, B.S. Biology

Dr. Lea Martinell-Smith

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Argosy University, Psy.D. Psychology
Argosy University, M.A. Clinical Psychology
University of Tampa, B.A. Psychology

Adriana Matallana

Lower and Middle Spanish Instructor

University of South Florida, B.A. Spanish and Studio Art
Unitec of Colombia, B.A. Textile Design
Masters of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
Specialization in World Language Teaching – Spanish

Natalia Matallana

Lower Division After Care

Annette Matute

Junior Kindergarten Assistant

Colleen McCormick

Science Department Chair; 7th & 8th Grade Science Instructor

University of Central Florida, M.Ed in Teacher Leadership, Gifted Education Endorsement
University of Florida, B.S. in Health Science Education

Shawn Moore

Upper Division US History Instructor

University of South Florida, M.A. History
University of Maryland, B.A. History

Maggie Morrison

Associate Director of Development

Wellesley College, B.A. American Studies

Honoria Nadeau

Program Coordinator

University of South Florida, B.A. Public Relations and Advertising

Aimee Nadow

Middle Division Language Arts Instructor

Simmons College, B.A. English and Education

Vicki O’Donnell

Middle Division Administrative Assistant

Alysia Oakley

Upper Division English Instructor

Bread Loaf School of English, M.A. English
Oberlin College, B.A. Film Studies and Production

Melissa Ovitt ’04

Junior Kindergarten Instructor

University of South Florida, B.A. Psychology

Jack Penrose

Middle and Upper Division French and Spanish Instructor

University of Bath, B.A. French and Spanish
Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary School Training

Frances Pisacane

Strings Instructor

Northwestern University, B.A. Music & Anthropology

Deborah Pitcairn

Director of College Counseling, Registrar

Yale University, B.A. Political Science/International Affairs

John Pitcairn

Middle Division Director

Washington College of Law at the American University, J.D.
University of South Florida, M.Ed. Teaching
Yale University, B.A. History

Debra Reed

Middle & Upper Division Mathematics Instructor

University of Kentucky, B.S. Mathematics

Lisabeth Rice

Lower Division Counselor

University of South Florida, Ed.S. Education Specialist - School Psychology
University of Central Florida, B.S. Psychology

Elizabeth Rivera

Senior Kindergarten Assistant

Kelly Rodowsky

Upper Division History Instructor; Upper Division Dean of Students; Summer Programs Director

McDaniel College, M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership
Towson University, B.S. History & Social Sciences, minor Political Science

Melissa Rodriguez

Junior Kindergarten Assistant

Hillsborough Community College; A.S. Early Childhood
Moore Mickens Adult Education Center; C.D.A.

Jonathan Samyn

Third Grade Instructor

HUB Univeristy; B.E. Teaching Primary

Cameron Schmitz

Upper Division Fine Arts Electives

Berklee College, B.M. Music, Guitar Performance

Gale Sheaffer

Upper Division English Instructor; Middle & Upper Division Theater

Illinois State University, M.S. Theater
Tusculum College, B.S. Theater and English

Jesus Soler

Upper Division Mathematics Instructor

University of the Virgin Islands, B.A. Social Science

Karen Sooklal

Administrative Assistant to the Head of School

Melissa Starkey

Associate Director of Admissions

Plymouth State College, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

Diane Stephenson

Varsity Softball Coach

Indiana University, M.A. Athletic Administration
Indiana University, B.S. Physical Education

Robert Sullivan

Upper Division Director

Syracuse University, B.S. Speech Communication

Deborah Szarko

Lower Division Librarian

Hunter College, M.S. Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Fordham University, B.S. Biology

Kerstin Upmeyer

Middle & Upper Division Technology and Fine Arts Instructor

University of South Florida, M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Instructional Technology
Ringling College of Art and Design, B.A. Illustration

Jessica Urbina

Second Grade Instructor

University of Missouri; B.S. Early Childhood Education

Neely Van Veghel

Assistant Technology Instructor and Aftercare

Ohio State University; B.A. Psychology
Ohio State University; B.A. Criminology

Katherine Vargas

Upper & Middle Division Chorus; Middle Division Social Studies Instructor

University of South Florida, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction; Secondary Education: Social Science
University of South Florida, B.A. History, Honors College

Jessica Vellucci

Business Office Assistant

Kimberly Vreeland

Upper Division & A.P. English Instructor; Alumni Relations Coordinator

Florida State University, B.A. English Education
Florida Atlantic University, M.B.A.

Wei Wang

Chinese Instructor

Cleveland State University, M. Ed. Education
Shaanxi Normal University, M.A. Psychology
Shaanxi Normal University, B.S. Chemistry Education

Rebecca White

PreK3 Assistant

Mireille Williams

Fifth & Sixth Grade Language Arts

University of New Orleans, B.A. Psychology

Joel Williams

Seventh & Eighth Grade Social Studies Instructor

St. John’s College, M.A. Liberal Arts
George Mason University, B.A. Government and International Politics

Troy Williams

Lower Division Physical Education

University of New Orleans, B.S. Human Performance and Health Promotion

Eric Wilson

Lower Division Technology Integration Specialist

Ball State University, B.S. Elementary Education, Technology Endorsement

Mary Youngblood

Middle Division Language Arts Instructor

Columbia College, B.A. Elementary Education